KT Wiz and NC Dinos’ rosters for the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason (PS) playoffs (PO-5 best-of-three) were announced on Monday, with 30 players each. As expected, KT excluded outfielder Kang Baek-ho (24), who suffered a side muscle injury during PO preparations.
KT’s 30-man roster consists of 12 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders, and seven outfielders. The card selected in place of Kang Baek-ho is rookie outfielder Jung Jun-young (19). Jung appeared in 34 games for the first team this year, batting .292 with 16 RBIs and a respectable 0.666 OPS. He was removed from the first team roster on July 25 due to injury and has been on the rehab assignment and second team ever since. Jung has appeared in two games against NC this year. He appeared as a pinch-hitter and collected one hit.스포츠토토
After the team’s training session on the 29th, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “I thought about the roster and decided on Jung Jun-young. I apologize to Ahn Chi-young, but I made the decision considering the team’s situation,” he explained. He continued, “We also debated whether to use three catchers. We decided to go with three, considering the use of pinch-hitters late in the game,” he added.
NC made one pitching change from the roster that faced SSG Landers in the semifinals, bringing in right-hander Lee Yong-jun (21) in place of left-handed reliever Ha Jun-young (24). Yong-jun, who was a starter earlier this season, has been working out of the bullpen since July. His season record is 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 24 games. Against KT, he went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two games. In his April 12 start, he allowed one run on four hits in five innings with two walks and three strikeouts, and in August, he pitched one perfect inning in relief.
While Yong-Jun has a good track record against KT, it’s a good move given that KT’s lineup is centered around right-handed hitters. He’s given up two home runs against right-handers this season, but his BABIP (.217) is better against lefties (.262).